Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley remains confident that he can revive his Manchester United career under the Red Devils' new manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman replaced David Moyes at Old Trafford this summer after stepping down as the Netherlands manager post the World Cup. The 62-year-old guided his national side to a third place finish in the summer tournament in Brazil.

Cleverley revealed that he was closely watching Netherlands during the World Cup. The England international believes he will fit into Van Gaal's style of play at Old Trafford.

"I watched the manager's Holland team in the World Cup and from that I think I'm going to be his type of player," Cleverley told United's official website.

"I have to show that in training and most importantly games. I think there's a place for me but I have to prove it."

The 24-year-old has been out of form during the last season, which saw him being dropped by Roy Hodgson for the England World Cup squad. Cleverley believes his omission has helped him to recharge his batteries in order to make a fresh start for United.

"I managed to have a good break and recharge my batteries. Now we're back and all trying to impress the boss. We know what he wants - a passing and moving style," the midfielder said.

"He's very clear and we have a good group of lads who are willing to learn. We made a good start the other night and we'll see how we go from there."

Meanwhile, United won their second pre-season game as they registered a 3-2 victory over AS Roma in Denver. Van Gaal handed Cleverley the captaincy ahead of his compatriot Wayne Rooney.

The England midfielder has expressed his joy after leading his side against the Italian outfit on Saturday.

"It was fantastic, a really proud moment. I've been here since I was 11. Now, whatever I go on to do, I can say is captained Manchester United. At 24 years old, it's not bad," the Daily Mail quoted Cleverley as saying.